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Course Description

This course utilizes content from the textbook “Movement System Impairment Syndromes of the Extremities, Cervical and Thoracic Spines” by Shirley Sahrmann, Pt, PhD, FAPTA and associates © 2011, published by Elsevier.

Instructional Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Extensively illustrated and evidence based, this text provides an organized and structured method to help you analyze the mechanical causes of movement system impairment syndromes, determine the contributing factors, and plan strategy for management that is specific to the extremities, cervical and thoracic spines

Throughout the course you will find detailed, clear explanations covering the initial examination, exercise principles, specific corrective exercises, and the modification of functional activities.  Included are illustrations – plus tables and summary boxes- highlighting essential concepts and procedures.  Also, you can expect case studies throughout the course that illustrate the clinical reasoning used in managing musculoskeletal pain.

To better meet your professional needs, this fully illustrated text of 509 pages has been carefully broken down by sections into 4 modules.  Each module approved for 10 contact hours of post-graduate continuing education (NOTE: board approvals vary state to state, please check your states approval status in the state specific course catalog by returning to our home page and entering both your state and profession).

Each 10 contact hour module can be purchased individually or combined with one or all of the other modules from this course to create a Course Bundle.  Each course is offered in two easy formats to again meet your professional needs.  You can choose to have immediate access to your course by selecting the online format (PDF download) or a hard copy of the material can be rushed to your home by selecting our mail format. 

What you can expect from each Module:

Module Description

Included in Module 2: 
Chapter 3:  Movement System Syndromes of the Cervical Spine
Chapter 4:  Movement System Syndromes of the Thoracic Spine

Module Goals

Course Goals:This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study on the Syndromes of Cervical and Thoracic Spine.

Professional Learning Objectives
1.    Explain the cervical spine and its susceptibility to degenerative changes.
2.    Discuss the function of the cervical intrinsic flexors.            
3.    List the extrinsic cervical rotators.
4.    Understand test for elevation of the ribcage indicated in patients with well developed abdominals.
5.    Demonstrate knowledge in the exercise of capital flexion without head lift.
6.    Identify cervical extension-rotation syndrome.
7.    Discuss possible changes in posture as a result of cervical flexion syndrome.
8.    List the primary treatment goals for cervical flexion-rotation syndrome.
9.    Discuss additional exercises to improve intrinsic cervical extensor muscle function.
10.  List potential diagnoses requiring referral suggested by signs and symptoms that  mimics cervical extension syndrome.
11.  Understand key tests and signs for movement impairment for a patient with cervical extension syndrome.
12.  Identify associated signs and contributing factors for cervical extension-rotation syndrome.
13.  Discuss symptoms and history for cervical flexion syndrome.
14.  Recognize the most common movement impairments contributing to thoracic pain syndromes.
15.  Understand the normal standing alignment of the thoracic spine.
16.  List the categories of impaired thoracic alignment.
17.  Identify rib cage alignment impairments.
18.  Understand the motion of the thoracic spine.
19.  Discuss abdominal muscle length.
20.  Identify a common error when attempting to contract abdominal muscles.
21.  Recognize symptoms associated with thoracic rotation-flexion.
22.  Understand special consideration for treatment of structural scoliosis.
23.  List common muscle impairments of thoracic flexion syndrome.
24.  Identify occupations that can contribute to the development of thoracic rotation-extension syndrome.
25.  List the most common recreational activities reported by individuals with rotation syndrome.
26.  Understand thoracic extension syndrome.
27.  Discuss a common referring diagnosis for thoracic flexion syndrome.
28.  Understand signs and key tests for movement impairments for individuals with thoracic rotation-extension syndrome.
29.  Identify a home exercise program for a patient with rotation syndrome.